Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shipping Resumes In South China Strait After Typhoon

Partial Resumption of Services as Kestana Fades
Shipping News Feature

HAINAN, CHINA – Tyhoon Kestana, now headed for Vietnam, had abated enough this morning for larger shipping to resume passage in the Qiongzhou Strait which passes between mainland China and Hainan Island. The storm caused over 100,000 people to be relocated on Hainan Island after it first struck on Monday.

The typhoon caused over 40 deaths in the Philippines before moving across to China and passing within 260 kilometres of Sanya City, the second largest town in Hainan with a population of over half a million people. Hainan province consists of over 200 islands and therefore a storm of this magnitude effectively shuts down all physical movement.

All beaches in the area are off limits to tourists and over 20,000 hectares of farmland destroyed with airports and ports closed to freight and passenger traffic since the storm hit. Services are expected to resume today but shipping in the area, particularly toward the Vietnamese coast is warned to be vigilant.